I have to thank you all for the feedback on my partially-completed shawl. I was on the fence about splurging for the materials to finish the project, and your comments gave me a lot of food for thought…
So, I bought the other two skeins and finished the shawl. But not before I ripped out the original and found a new pattern to try. I thought that the openwork would stretch my yarn supply out a bit. As it turns out, the bulky stitch makes up for the open areas, and it still took four skeins to finish the job. Live and learn, eh?
I like it, although I haven’t decided if I like it $50-worth. I would prefer it to go further down my back, so I’m considering taking it apart and re-doing it in a different shape. It’s also got some pretty visible mistakes, but I’m thinking that if I live with it for a while before I do anything, they may be harder to see.
It seems I get less critical of a piece the more distance I put between the construction of it and the wearing of it.
I love this stitch – it’s unlike anything I’ve seen before. According to Denise Layman, who wrote the pattern, the instructions for the stitch accompanied an antique knitting loom (125+ years old) that she scored on eBay. Neat.
I should mention, I didn’t do the stitch exactly as written. My Malabrigo Aquarella was much bulkier than the worsted called for, and so I adapted my process to make up for that. It looks like my adaptation probably caused the finished shawl to be smaller than it was supposed to be.
I was a multi-crafty maniac yesterday, because not only did I finish the knitting, I also finished sewing this shirt. It’s the ubiquitous Simplicity 3835, but this time I used the sleeves from View B. Rumor has it fall has arrived, so the little extra material on my arms will be appreciated.
I used plain white combed cotton lawn on this shirt and then tub-dyed it this olive green. I liked the white, but it was a bit on the sheer side. I planned to dye it Sea Foam, but then I added a little bit of Chartreuse. After that it seemed to need some Royal Blue. Then a touch of New Black. And a bit more Chartreuse.
In every other artistic endeavor of mine, I am exactingly precise about color. But when I’m swirling shirts around in a bucket of dye, I’m like a mad scientist. <Insert maniacal laughter>
Next on my work table? Christmas ornaments. They’re back. And I’ll tell you all about it next week.